USTP- possible Semipalmated Sandpiper
- Hi everyone. I went back to the Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant today, to see
if any new birds had come in. A few have, including what was probably a
juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. I first saw it at the east end of the
central pond at around 2:30, and watched it for about a minute before it
flew, but several points make me think it was indeed a Semi. These include
the length of the bill (it was on the short end for a Semi, and fairly thick
and straight), breast, neck, and head pattern, overall coloration and leg
color. I'm not going to say for sure that it was indeed a Semi, but its
something to keep an eye out for out there.
Other new birds included a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, starting to molt into basic
plumage, and three more DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, for a total of five.
Gone are the Willet, Long-billed Dowitchers and California Gull. Still
around are the GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and all the Peeps. A total of
4 GREAT EGRETS were nice to watch. At one point all the birds on the
central pond freaked out and started flying around, yelling (which was when
I lost the Semi). I then noticed a BOBCAT slinking into the dead dock. I
never saw it come out. Shorebird activity is definitely picking up out
there. Good birding,
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